"Rainbow Arc" 80" X 161" X 9" blown glass, powder-coated steel
"Family" 16" X 33" X 8" blown glass, jotoba, steel
"I See You" 14" X 17.5" X 7" blown glass
Relationships with other people, be they the absolute connections of mother and child, the complicated connections between lovers, husbands, wives, or even moments of quick connection between strangers on the street, are integral to understanding the relationships we forge with ourselves along our lifelong paths of self-discovery. My artwork predominantly involves the human relationships within this network.
My main concern is to point out and celebrate the intricacies of the connections we share. The sculpted glass heads do not depict a single moment in time, but represent a period of involvement with another soul. When the heads are mashed together while molten, they fuse, one becoming indelibly part of the other in much the same way that aspects of our individuality get melded when we come together in our relationships. It is no coincidence that when we spend quality time with another, we refer to it as "bonding".
Working with glass presents a unique opportunity to layer images--in the case of the heads, 3 dimensional images--facial features, aspects of expression, contours created and distorted based on how the material refracts the light passing through it. I utilize the transparency of the medium to depict the love inherent in the experiences we share with each other, which is compounded--it's reality dependent on the circumstances surrounding it. In doing so, I hope to express the profound beauty of our connections as well as to help clarify the emotions that accompany them.